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Bar-goers react to NTSB’s suggestion of lowering BAC

Responsible drinkers like Matt Carter have a plan in place before ever setting foot inside the bar.

“I already plan on taking a cab home because it’s not worth it to me to get a ticket, it’s too much money,” said Carter.

Not everyone is getting the message.

Drunk driving causes 10,000 deaths a year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which announced this week, it wants all 50 states to lower the blood alcohol content level from .08 to .05.

A person’s BAC largely depends on how much alcohol is consumed over a certain time period.

Vodka with lime and an olive is Richard Bramley’s drink of choice at the Bierstube in Moline.

“Four or five of these and I’m feeling it’s time to go home,” said Bramley.

He’s torn on the idea of lowering the limit, but because his sister was hit by a drunk driver- “I don’t drive, so it doesn’t affect me. But, I do see a lot of people drinking and driving and it’s not right.”

But, other bar-goers like Mike think it could be bad for business.

“You’re going to end up discouraging people from going out, because they’re going to be too scared to get a DUI,” he said.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up later in May.

This is typically one of the most dangerous times of year when it comes to drinking and driving.

If you’d like to chime in or see what other people are saying about the possible lowering of the limit, check out WQAD’s Facebook page.

 

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